Whatever kind of drink or environment you're after, Fitzroy has it. The streets are dotted with sharp wine bars, dozens of great pubs, two of the best cocktail bars in the world, a whisky specialist with table service and of course, a plethora of small, unpretentious bars. And the best bit? They’re all walking distance from one another.

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The Everleigh

This cocktail bar's eye for detail is second to none – it even has an in-house ice company to ensure every drink gets the perfect block.

1 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Black Pearl

This suave cocktail bar is consistently recognised in global polls, and for good reason. There's no drink the staff here can't make to perfection.

304 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Bad Frankie

The first bar in Melbourne – and still the best – to ditch all international spirits in favour of a 100 per cent Australian list.

141 Greeves Street, Fitzroy

The Workers Club

A comfortable and understated local pub with live music.

51 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Napier Hotel

A cosy corner pub nestled down the backstreets of Fitzroy that's a great place to call your local.

210 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Tamura Sake Bar

This jazzy Fitzroy 30-seater blends Japanese izakaya, craft sake bar and record store.

43 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

The Shady Lady

Like drinking at your cool grandma’s house.

36 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Ends & Means

An easygoing cocktail bar from two former nightclub bartenders. With local brewers on tap and syrups brewed in-house.

79 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Mr Wow’s Emporium

Pinball machines, table tennis, pool and bocce with decent cocktails? Believe it.

97B Smith St, Fitzroy

Harry & Frankie Fitzroy

A north-side iteration of the Port Melbourne wine bar.

406 Napier Street, Fitzroy


This Brunswick Street institution has been mixing cocktails for two decades, and it has just as much character as you'd expect.

401 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Marquis of Lorne

A classic pub in Fitzroy for a good feed and a knock-off pint in the sun.

411 George street, Fitzroy

Naked In The Sky

This Fitzroy rooftop bar offers some of the best views of Melbourne.

285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Elysian

A whisky bar with 300-plus rare bottles, including one-off releases never to be made again.

113 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Evie’s Disco Diner

It’s an ’80s referencing, more than 50 per cent vegan American diner with a dance floor.

230 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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The Roy

Cocktails, fine liquor, obscure beer and sport aren’t obvious bedfellows, but it works here.

401 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Pixel Alley

An arcade for grown-ups, where you can sink good cocktails over a game of Pac Man or Street Fighter.

95 Smith Street, Fitzroy

The Rooks Return

A local’s bar for locals and visitors alike.

201 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy


Pairs a mid-century European fit-out with modern, effortless cool. Try toasties and coffee in the morning; and oysters and wine at night.

149 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Catfish

An unpretentious spot for great beer, live music and authentic Philly cheesesteaks.

30 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Little Hop

Old-school Fitzroy cool, constructed by tacos and craft beer.

277 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Evelyn

A live music staple in the centre of Fitzroy.

351 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Upside Rooftop Bar

The top floor at 127 Brunswick Street is the place to start an evening.

Level 2 127 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Slowbeer Fitzroy

Choose from 1500 beers to take home, or drink in and match with a cheese plate

351 Smith Street, Fitzroy


Not even a devastating fire could keep this Fitzroy institution down. DJs, cheap pizza and good times are still the name of the game here.

376 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
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The Rose

Fitzroy’s oldest and best-loved pub still has its soul after a refurb.

406 Napier Street, Fitzroy

The Rum Diary Bar

A Brunswick Street bar wholly dedicated to rum.

334 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Rochester Hotel

A pub from the couple behind Vic Bar, The Aviary and Dr Morse.

202 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Archie’s All Day

This all-day diner serves the goods any time you need.

189 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Builders Arms Hotel

Under the stewardship of star chef Andrew McConnell, this classic old boozer feels as vital as ever.

211 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
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Panama Dining Room and Bar

Ascend three flights of stairs to reach this convivial loft, where arched windows offer city views.

Level 3 231 Smith St, Fitzroy
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Labour in Vain

A little bit gritty, a little bit dingy, but with its heart well and truly in the right place.

197 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Bar Open

A good old late night bar sporting character in spades.

317 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Little Blood

Take everything you think you know about tequila and shelve it.

Level 1 272 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Kodiak Club

A bourbon bar on Brunswick Street that celebrates the things that make American drinking culture great.

272 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Bar Liberty

Rockwell and Sons and Attica meet to create a Fitzroy drinking den.

234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy


An outdoor drinking spot in Fitzroy that’s more relaxed, and smaller, than its older sibling.

234 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

The Union Club Hotel

An archetypical inner-city pub in the back streets of Fitzroy.

164 Gore Street , Fitzroy

The Standard

A gold-standard, inner-northern pub.

293 Fitzroy St , Fitzroy
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Gertrude Street Enoteca

A place to have a drink and something small to eat.

229 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

The Commercial Club Hotel

If Johnny Cash and Nick Cave had a drink together in a Fitzroy bar it would probably be at The Commercial Club Hotel.

344 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy